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  • For so long the Unterganger status "dormant" is applied on a subjective manner, without a concrete quantitative measurement. Therefore I'm proposing a formula to determine whether an Unterganger can be said to be dormant:

    minimum dormancy period = 3 * average time elapsed between the latest 5 parodies.

    I feel that taking the average of time elapsed between 5 latest parodies would yield a consistent enough number to work with. A dormancy then sets in when the ganger hasn't uploaded any parody for three times that duration.

    But there's also a "hiatus" status defined in the List of Untergangers! well, this complicates things, but maybe twice the duration might qualify for "hiatus". At any rate, I'm not sure whether it's worthwhile to edit a ganger's status to hiatus only to come a short while later to declare him "dormant", but I don't come up with hiatus... or that's what I remembered.

    For a "retired" status I propose a duration 10 times longer than the average upload time gap.


    At any rate, feel free to comment about this metric. I think the variables that matter here are:

    • Number of parodies to average out the elapsed time
    • Coefficient (how many times) of that delay to declare a ganger hiatus/dormant/retired.

    I have a feeling the dormancy coefficient could be set at 4 if we really want to retain "hiatus".

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    • Mfaizsyahmi wrote:

      minimum dormancy period = 3 * average time elapsed between the latest 5 parodies.

      I feel that taking the average of time elapsed between 5 latest parodies would yield a consistent enough number to work with. A dormancy then sets in when the ganger hasn't uploaded any parody for three times that duration.

      I don't think this formula can be applied to Untergangers who are very active i.e. they upload a parody every day, once every two days, once every week etc because the resulting minimum dormancy period would be too short (if I'm not mistaken on "average time elapsed between the latest 5 parodies", that is).

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    • Agreed. This also won't work for those who upload very sparsely. The way I see it there can be three ganger categories:

      • Very active (uploads 2 or more parodies per week)
      • Semi-active (uploads at least once per month)
      • Barely active

      And then there should be minimum and maximum, fixed period to define the status:

      • Hiatus: min = 10 days, max = 2 months
      • Dormant: min = 1 month, max = 6 months
      • Retired: min = 6 months

      With these defined, the calculation changes so that if the calculated time falls outside the range the min/max limit of that status should be observed.

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    • Let's fix this even further (and throw the average period thingy out the window):

      Ganger Category Very active (>2 parodies/week) Normal (at least 1 parody/mo) Barely active
      Hiatus 10 days 45 days 3 months
      Dormancy 1 month 4 months 9 months
      Implied retirement 6 months 16 months 20 months

      The period is still open to adjustment.

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    • The way I see it, it could be done like this:

      Ganger Category Very active (>2 parodies/week) Normal (at least 1 parody/mo) Barely active
      Hiatus 1 month 2 months 3 months
      Dormancy 3 months 6 months 9 months
      Extended dormancy 9 months 12 months 18 months
      Implied retirement 12 months 20 months 24 months

      I generally feel that less than 1 month for Very active to be in hiatus is too short.

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    • Well, compared to their usual rate - let's assume 3 days per parody - that's already 10 times the rate. TBH though I dunno how many of the gangers out there churn out parodies at this rate (rob and piret might be at 2 days per parody, even). We definitely need more input.

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